John Green’s books talk about love, friendship, loss and self-discovery

Looking for Alaska was the first book I read of John Green, and it made me read the rest of his books. The best thing about John Green is that he writes about teenagers and young people, which I and many people like me can relate to our life. This award-winning book is on many high school reading lists and can help both teachers and parents talk about loss, friendship, and the importance of self-discovery.

The Fault in Our Stars, probably one of the favorite of many people like me, is tragic and beautiful. The plot has been beautifully knitted and it’s humorous, but I bet it’s not a usual comedy stuff that only makes you laugh. You are going to weep hard and once you finish the book, you’ll be proud you did. I recommend this book to someone who likes romance but doesn’t mind crying a little.

Paper Towns is very honest and portray real life, while still showing fantasy in real ways. Very interesting and hard to put down. It is compelling and exotic, where you live the story with the character. If an author can make you feel intensely about character, it must be very well written.

Sharing below some of my favorite quotes from these books, which you too are going to love-

Looking for Alaska

1. “At some point, you just pull off the Band-Aid and it hurts, but then it’s over and you’re relieved.”

2. “I’m not going to be one of those people who sits around talking about what they’re gonna do. I’m just going to do it. Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia.”

3. “You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.”

4. “I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not f*ck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together, in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.”

5. “Thomas Edison’s last words were: ‘It’s very beautiful over there.’ I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.”

The Fault in Our Stars

1. “Whenever you read a cancer booklet or website or whatever, they always list depression among the side effects of cancer. But, in fact, depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying. (Cancer is also a side effect of dying. Almost everything is, really.)”

2. “That’s the thing about pain…It demands to be felt.”

3. “Sometimes people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them…But you keep the promise anyway. That’s what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.”

4. “The marks humans leave are too often scars.”

5. “It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.”

6. “But I believe in true love, you know? I don’t believe that everybody gets to keep their eyes or not get sick or whatever, but everybody should have true love, and it should last at least as long as your life does.”

7. “My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”

Also read: If I could read only one book in my life, I’d choose The Notebook

Paper Towns

1. “I’m starting to realize that people lack good mirrors. It’s so hard for anyone to show us how we look, and so hard for us to show anyone how we feel.”

2. “That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people would want to be around someone because they’re pretty. It’s like picking your breakfast cereals based on color instead of taste.”

3. “Just remember that sometimes, the way you think about a person isn’t the way they actually are.”

4. “It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.”

5. “Nothing ever happens like you imagine it will”

6. “Poetry is just so emo. Oh, the pain. The pain. It always rains. In my soul.”

I’m sure that you loved these quotes the way I did. I loved all these books and waiting his next Turtles all the way down, releasing October 10th this year. If you haven’t read any of his book yet, go and get one. Trust me you won’t regret it!

Virendra Soni

 

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